Lace is to ladylike as hot sauce is to cookery: the single ingredient that, if used judiciously, will make something heart-stopping out of even the simplest creations. From crisp Ports 1961 Audrey Hepburn ensembles to understated Alexander Wang dresses, a little dusting of lace adds a romantic, soft-focus effect.
My favorite lace accessory is—you guessed it—the lacy shoe. Quite popular in the ’50s and ’60s, when brides often sported white Chantilly footwear and vixens donned black lace pumps for a night on the town, lace shoes are due for a very welcome revival. My favorite are the giddily affordable Badgley Mischka pumps pictured above, but there’s something about the combination of haircalf and lace on these Alice + Olivia booties that literally quickens my heart.